Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Styrobots Are Our Friends

After seeing the very large, very cool Styrobots made by Michael A. Salter using packaging styrofoam, I was inspired to save the packaging material from our new ceiling fan. It sat in a closet until just the right moment.

One afternoon, while Violet was napping and Wren was tired of all the usual things we have to do around the house, I pulled out the styrofoam, a bunch of nails, tacks, u-nails, screws and some tools. Using a serrated knife, I hacked the styrofoam in to different sizes and let Wren get to work. He decided that he was going to make himself some new friends. (he did actually say that)

Here he is with his trusty red hammer. Styrofoam is great for hammering into, it's just like butter.

He also got some practice with the screw driver.

My favorite is the cute little one up front with the smile.

After Violet woke up, we made more toddler friendly versions with pipe cleaners, foam stickers, pom poms and I helped with the glue gun.

This project is mostly about the fun in making rather than something to keep and play with. The nails and things do eventually fall out, which can be a bit of a hazard, but it was well worth it to see the creative juices flowing.


Roxanne said...

That looks like a lot of fun, but doesn't that squeaky styrofoam noise drive you nuts? :)

Diane Gilleland said...

That looks like awesome fun - and what a great, safer way to introduce a child to tools!

mushroommeadows said...

My favorite styrobot is happens to be your favorite! So cute!!!! What a great way to reuse materials!! Awesome!

Mandi @ Life Your Way said...

I love this and can't wait to gather the materials for my girls to give it a try!

Julie said...

Hello! I'm visiting from the crafty crow - and have enjoyed reading your blog this morning. Cute ideas. Just wanted to say hi.